199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2009
Michael advises clients in a wide variety of capital markets transactions and securities regulatory matters, including M&A, initial public offerings (IPOs), public and private financings, and private equity transactions. He acts for issuers, underwriters, financial sponsors and lenders and borrowers on transactions involving a wide range of industry sectors, including health care, technology, mining, financial services, and consumer products. He also provides ongoing advice to a variety of issuers regarding governance matters (including board advisory and special committee mandates), special situations and continuous disclosure obligations. He also provides strategic advice to clients in connection with environmental, social and governance considerations in financings, sustainable investment transactions and ongoing disclosure and reporting. Michael spent over a year in the firm's New York office, where he focused on Canada/US cross-border M&A as well as corporate finance and private equity transactions, while providing advice to both Canadian and foreign clients conducting business in Canada. Michael recently served as a member of the firm's Student Committee and is a member of the firm's Technology and Innovation, ESG and Cannabis practice groups.
Element Financial Corporation acquired the assets and operations of PHH Arval, PHH Corporation's North American fleet management services business, for a purchase price of US$1.4 billion in cash. Element also assumed PHH's obligations under the PHH fleet securitization programs in the US and Canada.
Element Financial Corporation (TSX: EFN) completed its largest acquisition to date with the $570-million purchase of the assets comprising GE Canada's fleet leasing business. GE Canada's fleet vehicle portfolio consists of 650 regionally diversified customers and integrated fleet management services for vehicle and light and medium truck financings. As part of the acquisition, Element also entered into a strategic alliance agreement with GE Capital Fleet Services in the US pursuant to which the companies will collaborate primarily on the pursuit of Canadian/US cross-border fleet management opportunities.